Thursday, July 28, 2011

SKINNER - The Fragile Art of Existence Solo Show Aug. 6th Shooting Gallery

Saturday, August 6 · 7:00pm - 11:00pm

The Shooting Gallery
839 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California

Shooting Gallery is pleased to present The Fragile Art of Existence, a series of stunning new figurative works by Sacramento-based artist Skinner. This will be Skinner’s first solo exhibition at Shooting Gallery, following his solo exhibition This Fear You May Know in summer of 2010 at sister gallery White Walls. The opening reception will be Saturday, August 6, from 7-11 pm, and the exhibition is free and open to the public for viewing through August 27.

For the work featured in The Fragile Art of Existence, Skinner steps back a bit from his investigations of fear and destruction – in order to begin expanding his personal vision and scope of understanding. By taking risks, and making work outside of his comfort zone, Skinner hopes to free himself from any internal or external pressures that may pry him away from being present and “in the moment” with these new paintings. He has worked to eliminate any rushing, pressure, or stress that may prohibit him from making fluid, carefully balanced pieces that reflect this mentality, and provide a space for artistic experimentation and growth.

The exhibition will feature a selection of approximately 10 mixed-media works by this prolific artist. From Skinner himself: “In order to stay as honest as I possibly can, I have decided to try and paint from the most vulnerable and uncertain places, as I grow and challenge the behaviors and darknesses that threaten my negotiation with personal peace. In order to do that, I have to clear my palette of fear, anger, judgment, and hesitation. To do things I am unaccustomed to, and to try the avenues least walked down within myself, so that I can understand my art in a way I never have before. I don't want to rob myself of what could be great breakthroughs in my life and in my art by ignoring the risks and work it takes to do this.”

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